The statement reads: “Mr. Trump, what will you do to address the shortage of professionals in our mental health workforce? Secretary Clinton, how will you help people with mental illnesses get into treatment, not jail?”
These represent a couple of the questions NAMI believes America should be asking of its future president. The organization notes that many Americans across the country are asking these questions, but it believes mental health is being thrown aside in the debates in favor of personal attacks between the candidates.
According to the organization, “How would you fix our broken mental health care system?” was the 37th most popular question out of 15,865 questions before the debate on PresidentialOpenQuestions.com.
As such, NAMI is urging its members to write letters to the candidates and post on their Facebook pages in an effort to bring light to mental health issues -- for, as the organization notes, whoever wins the election will oversee a population for four years in which one in five will experience a mental health issue.